The Millennium Development Goals. What are They?

“It shouldn’t be the consumer’s responsibility to figure out what’s cruel and what’s kind, what’s environmentally destructive and what’s sustainable. Cruel and destructive food products should be illegal. We don’t need the option of buying children’s toys made with lead paint, or aerosols with chlorofluorocarbons, or medicines with unlabeled side effects. And we don’t need the option of buying factory-farmed animals.”

By Jonathan Safran Foer.

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are the goals, quantified and chronological, that the world has set to fight against extreme poverty in its various dimensions: hunger, disease, income poverty, lack of adequate housing, social exclusion, problems of education and environmental sustainability, among others.

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are the result of a commitment made in 2000 by 191 Heads of State and Government at the Millennium Summit, to work towards eight goals, which contain a total of 17 goals.

This commitment, known as the Millennium Declaration, was signed in September 2000 and set eight goals that have a deadline of 2015, so these goals represent great challenges that depend to a great extent on the will and management of the countries in the agreed time.

The eight Millennium Goals are:

Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.

Goal 2: Achieve universal primary education.

Goal 3: Promote gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Goal 4: Reduce child mortality.

Goal 5: Improve maternal health.

Goal 6: Combat HIV / AIDS, malaria and other diseases.

Goal 7: Ensure environmental sustainability.

Goal 8: Develop a global partnership for development.

According to the National Monitoring Report on the Millennium Development Goals of 2010, the Dominican Republic has made progress in some of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) proposed in 2000. However, in general, the report published by the Ministry of Economy, Planning and Development with support from the United Nations System in the Dominican Republic shows that to meet the MDGs, Dominicans and Dominicans have challenges to face.


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